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Deputy U.S. Marshal Lafayette "Lafe" Shadley

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Sunday, September 3, 1893

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Reflections for Deputy U.S. Marshal Lafayette "Lafe" Shadley

Deputy Marshal Shadley,
On today, the 123rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 3, 2016

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

August 23, 2013

I too am a desendant of Layfette Shadley. He was my grandfathers uncle. I have a letter that he wrote on U.S. Marshall stationary, Independence, Kansas 1890. It said he was married in Soap Creek, Iowa. I think they lived on a farm near Uncle Boone Shadely that was on the soap creek.
Andrew Estes
December 27, 2011

Andrew Estes

December 27, 2011

I too am a desendant of Layfette Shadley. He is a 3-4 g Uncle. My mother is a Shadley and her father Robert G Shadley was a twin from Sandcut Indiana born in 1905. A small town no longer there, but was near Terre Haute Indiana.
I have a Uncle James Cleary that married Doine Shadley.

Nancy Hart Piper

December 11, 2011

I'm not sure if Lafe was my grandfather's grandfather, but I am proud to be related. My grandfather, Richard Raymond Shadley passed away in 1976 after living most of his adult life in northern Minnesota. He and his wife Fay had seven children: Robert (deceased), William (Bill), Clarence, Annie (Anna Marie), Caroline, Mary and Walter. Most of my aunts and uncles raised their children and continue to live near Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Having recently been reunited with my twin brother (Bob and Bill Castle), I am eager to explore the roots of the Shadley family tree.

Sherry Fay Shadley

September 13, 2011

My father often told my brothers and me about Lafe. He found several books in the library which referenced him and his death with various depictions of the event. It is fascinating to discover this and other similar web sites.

Michael D. Shadley
Great Grandson

June 19, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 116th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

How wonderful your family has located this site and can honor your legacy.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 2, 2009

Having been adapted at the age of 4, my 44 year old twin brother and I only 4 months ago uncovered our true birth mother. The most interesting fact of our "new" family tree leads to you. Rest in Peace. I'm proud to call you kin.

Robert Castle (Shadley)

May 14, 2008

i recently found out about lafe through my brother I am here to pay my respects


April 12, 2008

I remember my greatgrandfather telling me about your life, and at the time never understood your sacrifice and the pain the family suffered from your death. It has been over 114 years since your sacrifice, but you have never been forgotten, we are family. Today, as I retire after 30 years of service; I finished what you started and dedicate my 30 years of service to your honor.

Sgt. Mark Shadley
Ontario Police Dept. (CA)

April 5, 2008

I'm so glad that I was able to locate this information. Our families family tree is a bit broken and I'm trying to find past relatives so that I can put the tree back together form my children and their children so they know their roots. From my understanding from family members Lafe is the Great-great-grandfather to my grandfather Lafaye Shadley which I hope I spelled correctly.

This helps me to locate and also know a bit about my ancestry.

Cassandra Shadley Harrison
Possible relative

February 4, 2008

I too have heard of this man for so many years from my cousins in McCook, Nebraska and I have read his story several years ago & tried to get a photo of him, so now I have one! Thank you very much for this site. I will always remember this story of my long ago family hero!

della jean shadley schnoes

October 15, 2007

Never forgotten, rest in peace.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 3, 2007

Always remembered!

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

October 3, 2006

Rest In Peace.

U.S. Marshals

September 2, 2006

All of my life I have heard the story of the gunfight at Ingalls and the loss of my Grandfather's Uncle Lafe (Lafayette Augustus Shadley). Until the advent of the internet I was unable to find out the specifics of the incident and I am grateful that I now know more details and especially to have found this site that honors those who have given their lives in the line of duty like my Great, Great Uncle Lafe Shadley. I am proud to be related to him and, on behalf of my Father and Grandfather who are no longing living, but remembered Lafe Shadley and his sacrifice for all their lives, I want to leave here a record or our family's love, respect and remembrance of Deputy Marshal Lafe Shadley. Mary Shadley Robbins of Seward, Nebraska

Mary Shadley Robbins
Great Great Neice of Office Shadley

April 27, 2006


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. No officer who gives his/her life for us need ever be forgotton. You died a hero; rest in peace.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

April 11, 2004

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003). Unfortunately, I had to add the name of another friend recently. Deputy Jeffery Hewitt, Buncombe County (NC) Sheriff’s Department, E.O.W. April 4, 2004.

I want to honor all of those who gave their life in the line of duty. Although your death was many many years ago, you are still a hero.

God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti Ingle (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 9, 2004

Rest in Peace and God Bless you brother
your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Deputy Constable LC Downing
Wharton County Texas Constable Pct 2

September 1, 2003

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